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I'm melting...

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So, here I am again. Back with no creativity, no ideas and no plan. I (including my brain) am melting due to the heat and the stress of the last weeks of studying somehow erased my brain. I have absolutely no idea what to write about, so I write about that and about what’s up in my life. It’s currently very hot in my hometown. 30° Celsius and I have to wear long trousers in the office.

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Getting rid of it - The start of my minimalism project

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Lately I got deep into the topic “minimalism”. I read a lot of online articles, started to read a book, watched some YouTube videos and even the Minimalism Documentary. I want to become a minimalist, get rid of most things I own and live a more meaningful life, which isn’t defined by my consumption. But hell, that isn’t easy. A few points about how I understand minimalism and what it means to me:

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Why I Like Playing With Technology

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Technology is awesome. Technology can simplify life, but it can also be fun. Playing with technology (doesn’t matter if it’s software or hardware) always fascinated people. And I’m one of them. I recently played a lot with software on my notebook. I found out that a program called “Snap” (not Snapchat) isn’t working somehow. I tried to fix it and tried many ways, but didn’t succeed. As a workaround, I installed another program with the name “Flatpak”.

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What You Love To Do, Do With Pride

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I love programming. I never hide this. I love running. I don’t hide this either. And I love writing creepy articles, this article is the prove that I even don’t hide this. I do all these three things with pride. I tell people about it, I share it on social media and I even write it in applications. Some people might think I’m a nerd. They are probably right. Some people might think I spent more time with my PC than with other people doing things like drinking, partying etc.

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Leave Your Comfort Zone And Grow

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I recently joined an event in my hometown, which was focused on new technologies. I had the opportunity to give a small talk and I took it. First I was a bit scared, “What will the people think?”, “Do I have enough knowledge to give a talk?”, “I can’t speak good enough…”. But I also thought “You have to leave your comfort zone to grow.” And that’s what I did. I left my comfort zone to grow.

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Why Did I Forget The Greatness Of Podcasts?

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I like podcasts. I really like podcasts. But it’s only a few days since I rediscovered how much I like them. Like a week ago my friend Zan started his own podcast (together with another guy). Because I follow his work I also listened to the first two episodes. Their podcast is called “Pocket Friend” and they talk about all things mobile. A topic I’m really interested in. Also one of my favorite YouTubers recently started podcasting.

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3 Things I Would Do Differently Now

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You get much of your knowledge by doing mistakes. Here are some things I would have done differently if I had my present knowledge: 1. Choose another second foreign language In school we were able to decide between Latin and French as a second foreign language (besides English). I decided for Latin, because everyone told me, French grammar is more difficult and Latin is more logical (I preferred logical things, because I also liked maths).

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Do Zero-Days and Though Work Towards Your Goals

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Julian Zehr recently published a post regarding Zero-Days, the days where you don’t do something to reach your goals. So where you don’t code to become the world’s best software developer or don’t write to become the most famous blogger. The days where you do something different. I totally agree with him, that the best way to reach this goal is using every day to come your goals closer, but I also think sometimes it’s necessary to do something different, like running instead of coding or reading instead of writing, even when it’s not directly related to your goal.

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Not Every Advice is Good Advice

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When I surf the Internet on my daily journey, I see a billion articles that want to show me how I can optimize my life, how I can become more successful, how I can be one of the top 1%. And even if I read some of them and think that they are good advice, I won’t implement any of them in the end. Because if you want to change, you have to want to change.

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